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A Trip to Provincetown is a Gay Rite of Passage4 min read

Independence Day Week in Provincetown  2017 Vacation & Party Guide

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Fourth of July in Provincetown in a Gay American Rite of Passage

Up there with strolling the boardwalks of Fire Island, hopping the bars of WeHo or catching some rays in Key West is the Fourth of July pilgrimage to Provincetown.


This picturesque Portuguese fishing village is one of the most “bizarrely fabulous” gay summer resort destinations in the world.

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About Provincetown

Although the small coastal resort town boasts a year-round population of just under 3,000, Provincetown explodes a summer population of as high as 60,000.

Is Provincetown Gay?

Does Dorothy wear ruby slippers? Provincetown is about as gay as it gets. You’ll see lots of gay men, gay women, gay pride flags, gay, gay gay! But yes, there are plenty of straight people and families and everyone gets along faaaabulously!

How do you get to Provincetown?

You can either drive or take the ferry from Boston. See Provincetown ferry schedule >

What’s the big deal about Provincetown?

It’s fun, duh! The whole place is like a little gay village. There’s basically one main street called Commercial Street that hugs the shoreline and runs the span of the peninsula to the end by the Provincetown Inn (great pool deck!).

Commercial Street is where the action happens

This flag-strewn street is where you’ll find restaurants, shops, entertainment, cafes and boutiques. Stroll along or ride a bike—please leave the car at home (it’s really narrow and hard to traverse with all the bikes and pedestrians).

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Commercial Street in Provincetown is the Main Drag | Taken July 4th Weekend

At 247 Commercial Street sits the Crown & Anchor hotel, restaurant and entertainment complex. This is where all the parties for Independence Provincetown are located.

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Commercial Street Art District

Gallery 444 Ptown

Gallery 444 Ptown in the Provincetown Art District

East of the  tourist shops on the main drag you’ll find a cluster of adorable art galleries. Most galleries feature modern art and you can find a gallery opening somewhere on most summer weekends.

In this area you’ll find the Provincetown Art Association and Museum (PAAM), which is a fun diversion for a rainy day. Most of the galleries are filled with such fun pieces that actually going to the gallery is sometimes more boring than just strolling the street.

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Provincetown Art Association Museum

What is Provincetown Independence 2017?

Independence 2017 Freedom Beach Party July 3, 2017

Independence in Provincetown, Massachusetts is a week-long local circuit party festival from Thursday June 29, 2017 – Thursday July 6, 2017.  Events take place at the Crown & Anchor, which is a gay hotel and entertainment complex. Parties are produced together with New York nightlife impresario Brian Rafferty.

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Where can I buy tickets to Provincetown Independence 2017?

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Where to stay for Provincetown Independence 2017?

Although most of the events are held at the Crown & Anchor, attendees can stay anywhere in Provincetown! Rent a house with your friends, stay at a gay-friendly Inn, or get a room at a hotel—the whole village is unpretentious, welcoming and ready with open arms.

Most of the gay events are on the west side of Ptown.

What is the best way to get around Provincetown?

The best way is by bike! It’s efficient and gives you a good work out, too. Riding a bike is the best way to the beach, to the gym, to the market, to the liquor store, or anywhere else that’s not “right there.” On busy weeks like July 4th it’s best to reserve a bike in advance.

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Provincetown Bike Shops:

  • Arnold’s Bikes: (508) 487-0844
  • Ptown Bikes: (508) 487-8735
  • Gale Force Bikes: (508) 487-4849
  • Ball Bikes: (508) 487-3000

Pedicabs are also available to hire if you’re a little too drunk to ride a bike 😉

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